WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project is offering free registration and clock hours for all WEA members for the following courses. The online trainings are asynchronous (self-paced) so participants can register at any time as long as they finish the training by June 30, 2021.
Student Engagement and Management in Virtual Classrooms (12 hours)
This course provides participants background knowledge and ideas to engage students and improve learning in online and remote settings. Participants will create a plan of action to make a successful transition to online learning that includes digital literacy, communications, engagement strategies, management techniques, inclusionary practices, instructional strategies, and over 200 integrated resources for participants. Register here.
High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms (15 hours)
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with a greater understanding and ability to utilize High Leverage Practices in their teaching. It is also our hope that each participant truly understands how to be a culturally responsive teacher and be able to develop rich, authentic, relationships with each student. Participants will understand the value of professional collaboration among educational support staff, educators, administrators, parents, and community members to utilize effective communication toward developing and implementing meaningful, inclusive educational programs. Participants will learn strategies to use assessment data to inform, guide, evaluate, and adjust instruction. Participants will develop skills to support social-emotional/behavioral student success by establishing a consistent, organized, and respectful learning environment, providing feedback to guide students' behavior; explicitly teaching appropriate social skills; conducting functional behavior assessments, and developing behavior intervention plans as needed. Participants will familiarize themselves with specific content and equitable pedagogical knowledge to: design, deliver, reflect, and evaluate their instructional bias and effectiveness. Register here.
STEMisizing your Instruction (15 hours)
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learning how to STEMisize a classroom. Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMisize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking. Register here.
STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 hours)
The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom. Register here.
Standards Based Grading to Promote Inclusion and Equity (10 hours)
Have you ever thought about why we grade? Are we celebrating success and punishing failure? Are we communicating about learning with students, parents, and administrators? Are we training students that work hard leads to rewards? And do your grades mean the same thing as your colleague across the hall or across the state? Grades are a central part of teaching and learning in most classrooms. But we teachers rarely have time to reflect on why we grade or what our grades truly mean. This collection of resources will help you examine the purpose of grades in your classroom and transform your grading practices from points into passion for learning. In this 10-hour module, teachers will learn how standards-based grading can foster equitable learning environments that celebrate student growth and respond to student needs. With the support of research and classroom artifacts, teachers will articulate their own grading philosophy before creating a plan to integrate content-area standards into rubrics, learning targets, and gradebooks. Because standards-based grading is a significant shift for many teachers, students, and parents, teachers will also take time to draft a plan for communicating this shift with stakeholders impacted by their grading practices. Register here.
Intelligent Lives: An Inclusionary Practices Journey (6 hours)
The documentary film, INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities --Micah, Naieer, and Naomie -- who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce, "People with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans,'' filmmaker Dan Habib says. "Only 17 percent of students with intellectual disabilities are included in regular education. Just 40 percent will graduate from high school. And of the 6.5 million Americans with intellectual disability, barely 15 percent are employed." During this course, participants will watch the documentary in segments, participate in discussions and reflections, and explore connections to educational practices that support the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities. Register here.
Data Collection for Inclusive Classrooms (20 hours)
The main purpose of this course is to improve data collection methods in the general and special education settings. This course introduces the steps to the data collection process, provides an overview of preparing for gathering data, and discusses different strategies for collecting data in various scenarios. Participants will learn strategies to use technology to streamline data collection and create efficient practices. This course includes demonstrations and practice opportunities using common data collection methods and allows participants to analyze data into useful information for monitoring student progress. Participants will also learn how high leverage practices improve data collection strategies to demonstrate equity and inclusionary practices. Register here.
De-escalation Strategies for Practicing Educators (4 hours)
Designed to empower para-educators and school staff to address student agitation and escalating behavior and to calm and refocus the behavior back to student learning and time on task. Teaches educators to understand that behavior is a form of communication and as a result, identify the aspects of escalating behavior, address the escalation, and select the correct response options. Provides practical strategies, ideas, resources, and tools to better engage with students during times of escalation. It is specifically designed for both education support personnel and certificated staff, basically anyone that works with students in a school setting. Register here.
Screencasting: Loom, Screencastify, Google Meet (1.5 hours)
Many options to screenrecord are wonderful. This AS Online training will explore the benefits of Loom and other screencasting applications. Participants will learn about options for no downloading, no waiting, no fuss. Make a video with your webcam image or without, manage what content is shared and how, create the video and get a link to share without delay. Learn how to add to Chrome, use, and share. Then give it a go! A Library of Loom examples will be shared with members who are encouraged to make and link a Loom of their own. Register here.
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